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Friends With Benefits by Cheyenne Meadows
Series: Shifter Hardball – Book One
Release Date: January 28, 2015
Pages: 124 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Playboy wolf shifter Wiley can’t duck out of his pack’s biggest annual event, despite knowing his grandmother has possible suitors lined up and waiting. Wiley has no intention of settling down, and the situation dangles just above disaster. Thankfully, Wiley’s best friend, lion shifter Ram, agrees to pose as Wiley’s boyfriend for the weekend.
They find out fate has other plans when they kiss on a dare, and the passion erupts, so hot and intense they fear the couch may spontaneously combust beneath them. Neither man is able to push the small act of affection from his mind, but both struggle with uncertainty and the ramifications of following where their libidos lead.
If they can’t outrun their feelings, they’ll have to muster the courage to face their fears before they lose everything, including their friendship.
Let me tell you a short story. This time last year, I refused to read a shifter book, it was my ultimate hard limit and a huge no go for me. I couldn’t understand the appeal nor get it through my wacked brain how humans turning into animals could lead to any sort of romance or erotic read. That was last year, this year… shifters are my jam. Whether it’s the in-depth shifter universe that requires a glossary and atlas to maneuver the story or a world where we focus more on the couple than the shifterdom, they have become my comfort reads and no one is as shocked about the fact more than me.
I grabbed this book when I requested the second in the series for a review. My OCD doesn’t let me read books out of order and I am so thankful for that because I had the chance to meet Wiley and Ram.
This book was ridiculously fun and I was hooked instantly. The fake boyfriend trope mixed with friends to lovers??? Come on! It’s a match made in this gingers heaven and then you throw snarky shifters and mates into the mix? Yeah, I’m sucked in and never leaving.
Could I take that leap of faith and be lucky enough for everything to work out?
I loved the idea of Wiley begging Ram to come home with him for the “Pack Founders’ Day” with his wolf pack so his grandma wouldn’t try to set him up with numerous wolves so he can find a mate. Wiley is a self-proclaimed play boy and loves his ones offs because they serve a purpose. When Ram agrees to go home with him, he thinks it will be all good; his family will believe him and Ram are boyfriends and get off his back. But when a few nosy kids question their relationship and make them kiss, things get hot and heavy real quick.
Holy UST! This book is full of it and I loved it. It was so much fun to see the boys start to question their friendship and if they wanted more. I loved, loved, LOVED how Ram would argue with his inner lion over, well everything and how Wiley knew when it was happening just by the look on Ram’s face. These two really know one another and want each other and oh boy when they finally give in it was hella hot.
Now, this is not one of those books that you have to remember pack or shifter politics, it’s more a book where you just enjoy yourself and I enjoyed the hell out of myself. It’s about the dynamics between Wiley and Ram as they struggle with taking their friendship to the next level and all the negative and positive that come with moving forward.
I loved Wiley’s family and how they became a family. I was a bit confused on how everyone ages but honestly, that was not important to me because the boys admitting they want one another and dealing with their emotions is what I wanted.
“Spoken like a true lazy lion.”
“King of the jungle, wolf. Remember that.”
The puns in the book were hilarious. I am all about puns and Wiley and Ram, along with the family deliver them fantastically. If you can’t laugh, what’s the point in life right? And if you can’t tease the one you are crushing on, wanting to mount and have them give as good as they get, again… what’s the point?
Friends with Benefits was a sweet and sexy shifter story. It has all the elements that tickle me in the right places. It’s a story about best friends fighting with their emotions and fear when all they want to do it take a bite into the possibility of love and mates.
OH and that book two… Mr. Hot Sculpted Ass gets his own book? This is gonna be good.